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Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson


Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) on February 8, 2014.  He also serves as the Deputy Commanding General, US Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A), and as the Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He most recently commanded the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colorado from November 2011 to March 2013.  A native of New York, he is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.  He holds Masters degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. 

His initial duty locations include the 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Polk, Louisiana; 193rd Infantry Brigade at Fort Kobbe and Fort Clayton, Republic of Panama where he commanded C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 187th Infantry Regiment; and B Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington where he deployed in support of Operation Just Cause.


Upon completion of CGSC, General Anderson served as the Majors Assignment Officer at Infantry Branch, Total Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Virginia from 1992 to 1993.  He was subsequently assigned to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he served as the Battalion S3 in 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry; 1st Brigade S3; Aide-de-Camp to the CG, USARPAC at Fort Shafter; and the 3rd Brigade Executive Officer.  He then commanded the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he initially deployed in support of Task Force Hawk in Albania and subsequently led the first U.S. ground forces into Kosovo for Operation Joint Guardian.

Following completion of the College of Naval Warfare in 2000 he remained in Newport, Rhode Island as an instructor in the Joint Military Operations Department.  From July 2002 to July 2004 he commanded the 2nd Brigade and 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I; he then served as the Division Chief of Staff.  In February 2005, he was assigned as the Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army and then became the III Corps Chief of Staff at Fort Hood, Texas in August 2006.  General Anderson returned to Iraq in December 2006 to serve as the Multinational Corps-Iraq Chief of Staff for the surge. In June 2008, General Anderson was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky until July 2009.  He then returned to Iraq in August 2009 to serve as the Multinational Force/ United States Forces-Iraq Chief of Staff for the transition and initial drawdown. He subsequently served as the Department of the Army Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization from August 2010 to November 2011.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Naval War CollegeGeneral Anderson’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, Bronze Star Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with silver oak leaf cluster and four bronze oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with arrowhead device, Kosovo Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with one silver campaign star, GWOT Expeditionary and Service Medals, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal with bronze service star, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award), Master Parachutist Badge with combat jump device, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, Army Staff Identification Badge, Basic Recruiter Identification Badge and Panamanian, Brazilian, German and Thai Jump Wings.